Group photograph of 21 men in uniform
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Uncovering the Exhibition Building's secret WWII stories

Untold war stories revealed.

A crowd of people on top of a wall with a gate of stone columns behind them.
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

Dr Rolf Schmidt on witnessing history unfold.

An apprehensive young woman is about to eat a mouthful of food.
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Fusion, feminism and food

Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.

Doll's house interior 21 room fully furnished doll' house representing a typical English country house of the Georgian period that would have been built around 1740, but is now shown with some interiors that have been remodelled to the taste of the 'owners' up to about 1860.
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Discover Documentary: Pendle Hall

Join Michael Reason, Curator of History and Technology as he takes us on a tour of a piece of prime real estate in miniature, Pendle Hall.

Conservation at Museums Victoria.
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Discover Documentary: Conservation

From wedding dresses to meteorites, our Conservation team protect and preserve over 17 million objects in Museums Victoria's collection. This episode of Discover takes a look at how they do it!

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First Peoples

First Peoples tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today. Explore the galleries within Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Cable Tram
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Marvellous Melbourne

Melbourne is a young city by world standards, but it has layers of history. Discover how each era shaped the city we see today.

Trees in Toolangi State Forest
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Forest Secrets

At the heart of the museum is a piece of Victoria's mountain landscape with tall eucalypts, ferns, rare plants and wildlife. Delve in to the secrets of our Forest Galley.

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Journeys to Australia

Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.

Men Posing With Gold Trophy Outside the Long Tunnel Mine, Walhalla, Victoria, circa 1875.
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Immigration to Victoria

What effect did immigration have on Victoria? Take a look, decade by decade, at the changes in population, demographics and the impact this had on Indienous Australians.

Immigration Museum from Flinders Street in afternoon
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Customs House

Home of the Immigration Museum, explore the rich history of one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings. 

Mansard towers from Douglas Parade, Spotswood Pumping Station, circa 1982.
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Pumping Station

The fascinating story of one of Australia's most important industrial heritage sites.

Black and white family portrait
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Immigrant Stories

Everyone who immigrates has their own unique story to tell. Explore these stories – why they came, where they settled and how they made Victoria their new home.

Group of women holding a protest banner
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History starts today

A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.

People wearing high vis working on a beach
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The 700

More than 700 individuals whose combined efforts, starting in 1984, have brought to light fossils in what has been dubbed by one of them “The Dinosaur Dreaming Project”.

The tower which formed the centre of an octagonal glasshouse in The System Garden.
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Our first Director's vision for a University Botanical Garden

How Melbourne University's System Garden came to be.

Professor Deirdre Coleman, Nik McGrath and Simon Hinkley in the ABC Radio Melbourne Studio, 19 November 2019.
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On the wing

Professor Deirdre Coleman, Nik McGrath and Simon Hinkley join Richelle Hunt in the ABC Radio Melbourne Studio.

Sepia portrait of a young man
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The sting of the final letter

Transcribing George Lyell's final documents.

Woman standing in front of a chicken coop, holding two chickens in her arms as other chickens graze on the ground
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Invisible Farmer

The largest ever study of Australian women on the land is revealing the hidden stories of women farmers.

Two people in a museum collection store looking at clothing
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Fashion Redux at Melbourne Museum

Major fashion names used the Museums State Collection, in collaboration with Melbourne Fashion Festival, to create a completely unique look.

A woman sketches a plant cutting while sitting on a grass tree.
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The trials and triumphs of a trailblazing scientist

Hope Macpherson was a woman who broke barriers. 

Black and white image of three men dressed as pigs standing on the back of a truck.
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10 peculiar and splendid masks

Masks might come to symbolise 2020. But they have a rich and often strange history. 

A young couple who look happy and in love.
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An underground affair

An anti-Vietnam war love story.

A football made of possum skins.
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10 treasures of Aussie Rules

And what they say about us.

A black and white photograph of a smiling young woman atop a horse.
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The hidden history of Aboriginal stockwoman

As told by a Koa stockwoman, mother and doctor of philosophy.

Two women in a vineyard holding a black and white photo.
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The Pizzini women and their ‘souls of steel’

How three generations of strong women helped build a wine and tourism dynasty

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The resilience of Sallie Jones

A farmer nurses her toddler amid a paddock of chickens and pigs.
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Bright spots in dark times

Pork farm prospers amid COVID-19 lockdowns.

Group of four men looking into a box with a carving in it.
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Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)

Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.

A black, red and white footy guernsey.
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Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993

St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport in 1993.

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Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection

In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.

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Melbourne Observatory collection

Over 400 objects and images relating to the operation of Melbourne Observatory from 1863 to 1944.

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Origins

What are your origins? Where have Victorians come from? Why did they come? This website presents government census information on Victorian communities from 85 countries of origin.

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